CBFC Rating : U
Run-Time: 2 Hrs 06 Mins
Release Date: 08-02-2019
Banner: 70MM Entertainments
Cast: Mammootty, Rao ramesh, Sachin Khedkar, Posani Krishna Murali, Vijaychander, Ashritha, Jeeva, Prudhvi, Vinod Kumar
Cinematography: Sathyan Sooran
Producer: Vijay Chilla, Sashi Devireddy
Written & Directed by Mahi V Raghav
‘Yatra’ is about Historic walkathon of Legendary Leader YS Rajasekhar Reddy played by Renowned Actor Mammootty. It deals with the people , events YSR has encountered during his ‘Padayatra’ in 2003. ‘Yatra’ depicts how this Padayatra changed the perspective of YSR towards people’s sufferings and needs.
Mammootty is a phenomenal actor and he shows why he is revered so much again through Yatra. It is an easy looking but extremely difficult part. The reason is YS Rajasekhar Reddy being etched in public mind. Anyone recreating him onscreen will be scrutinized by them. In that aspect, there are no complaints at all as Mammootty lives the character. The great thing is we just see the role onscreen and not an actor ‘acting’ the role. Nowhere does Mammootty goes overboard and everything is done in a subtle manner. For the fans of YSR, this is a dream come true.
Apart from Mammootty, there are many other notable artists playing important parts. Jagapathy Babu, Rao Ramesh, Suhasini, Posani Krishna Murali, Sachin Khedekar and others have played their roles well and justify their presence.
Gets slow at times
Yatra is a different sort of biopic. It focuses on one particular aspect of life and not in its entirety. That segment is the journey taken by YS Rajasekhar Reddy which led the Congress party to win elections in 2004 elections. Director Mahi V Raghav has dealt this part effectively blending perfectly with emotions.
The movie gets going from the start with no deviations. It sticks to the point and goes about its way with no unnecessary and unrelated sequences. The momentum is built slowly but steadily. At interval point, it feels like it is only getting started.
The second half starts where it stops and we get to see a more emotional side. The reasons behind each welfare scheme are neatly blended with high emotion moments. The execution and performance by Mammootty further elevate the proceedings. The climax is sure to bring tears to the fans of the leader.
K has done a fine job with the music and background score. The lyrics further increase the impact. Sathyan Sooran’s cinematography gives a realistic touch. Sreekar Prasad keeps the pacing smooth. The producers Vijay Chilla and Shashi Devireddy must be appreciated for bringing the eventful life-altering journey to the big screen.
Bottom-line: A Journey Of Lifetime